For the first time in the history of Nigeria’s democracy, a governorship election is going to be re-run. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday February 6, 2008 affirmed the judgment of the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal nullifying the April 2007 election which had returned Governor Ibrahim Idris to power.
A fresh election is to be conducted within the next ninety days, the court ordered. Chief Clarence Olafemi, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, has been sworn in as the Acting Governor of the state – although this may soon be a subject of another interesting development as Olafemi, who hails from Mopa in Kogi West, is also facing the possibility of losing his seat having had his election upturned by the state Election Petition Tribunal.
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua ordered all relevant authorities to facilitate the immediate swearing-in of the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly shortly after the judgement. The Special Adviser to the President on Communications, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, said: “As indicated by Section 191, Subsection 2, the Speaker will hold office until a governor is properly elected within 90 days as ordered by the Court of Appeal".
Yar'Adua talk na do President. I am impressed by this because during Obasanjo era some SANs would have sought to explain the unexplainable just to fool Nigerians and rubbish the fact that they ever went to school.